With the flooding of all the Suicide Squad set photos, it’s easy to forget the fact that DC and Warner Bros. have another little movie coming out several months earlier called Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice. Sure, we had a teaser trailer come out for the flick a few months back, but since then, it seems like it’s been all quiet on the western front. We’ve had a general idea of what to expect from the Man Of Steel follow-up (though, it’s not technically a Man Of Steel sequel), but an official synopsis of the flick has eluded us.
Thanks to Collider, it looks like we have our first real details of Batman v Superman apart from “Batman and Superman fight.”
“Fearing the actions of a god-like super hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.”
This Batman v Superman synopsis, while sparse in specifics, does a couple of things.
First, it confirms all of our suspicions regarding Batman’s motives. After the initial teaser trailer dropped, there was some speculation that Superman was hired by the government to take down Gotham’s famous vigilante (after all, that’s the classic comic story). Now, it looks like Batman’s around to help take down the god-like Superman in order to assuage fears that mankind is no longer in charge of their own destiny. Second, the synopsis makes it perfectly clear that Batman and Superman’s greatest foes will not be each other, but another ominous presence. There are no real details yet on who that could be, but we do know that Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor will be present in the film. It would have been interesting if Affleck’s Bruce Wayne was the main villain of the flick, but at the end of the day, the pair of supers will need a common enemy in which to unite against.
Interestingly, this isn’t the only film coming out that year with virtually the same premise. One look at what’s going on in Captain America: Civil War and it may look like we’re getting a very similar picture.
“Captain America: Civil War picks up where Avengers: Age of Ultron left off, as Steve Rogers leads the new team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. After another international incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability and a governing body to determine when to enlist the services of the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers while they try to protect the world from a new and nefarious villain.”
That’s not to say Batman v Superman and Civil War will be anything like each other — DC has already made it perfectly clear that they don’t plan on treading all over Marvel’s relatively lighthearted fare — but it will be interesting to see how each studio handles the similar material. At the very least, both synopses hold evidence that Hollywood is unwilling to have superheroes fight each other without a common foe to eventually bring them back together.
What are your thoughts on the new synopsis? Are you looking forward to Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice, or is it just too little, too late from DC?
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits U.S. theaters on March 25, 2016.